Scott: too many pupils missing out on attainment funding

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today said too many pupils are still missing out on vital extra support as the First Minister visited a school in the Borders.

During her visit today, the First Minister announced that 300 schools now benefit from the Scottish Government’s attainment fund. This means pupils at more than 2000 schools across Scotland are missing out on support under the scheme. 

Commenting, Mr Scott said:

"2000 Scottish schools are not getting any of this Scottish Government support to tackle the attainment gap in educational standards. Why doesn't the First Minister recognise that every school has to meet this challenge? She needs a policy - the pupil premium - that is centred on the pupil and student, not the school.  

"The Scottish Government have had 6 weeks of the school holidays to devise a fair funding system to help teachers tackle attainment. But all we have is growing disagreement with local councils over funding and the threat of large scale centralisation of education. 

"We need a fair, better approach for the future of Scotland's children and young people."

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